I’m really not a huge birthday person, but yesterday I celebrated 34 years! I feel like that sounds way older than 33 for some reason, but Trevor swears we aren’t middle-aged yet so I’m just going to roll with it.

It was a weird kind of day. I worked a half-day then Trevor and I went to the beginning-of-the-school-year Parent-Teacher conference for Hadley. She loves to read and does well in school so nothing crazy there. But yes, she’s like her mama and likes to talk. Ha. Sometimes I wonder how Trevor gets to talk at all with the three of us girls at home.

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We took advantage of some free time after our conference for a little day date at 2 West Bar & Grille in Saratoga. When you have such crazy work/life schedules like ours, you have to have a date whenever you can! 2 West is a really nice spot (close to our house!) and there’s lots of really great things on their menu like wood-fired pizzas and these awesome fried potatoes that they serve instead of French fries. I was excited to see they have a BOGO happy hour (4-7 p.m.) and Trivia and Taco Tuesdays (from 8-10 p.m.) so we’re definitely going back. I’ve always wanted to go to a Trivia Night to win prizes for some of the useless knowledge I have. 

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We picked up the kiddos and headed home for dinner and cake. I, of course, wanted homemade Bacon and Broccoli Mac and Cheese for dinner and my favorite Banana Chocolate Chip Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting for dessert. I recently had bought 6 inch cake pans and that was a perfect size birthday cake.

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We each had a piece and there are still some leftovers. Sometimes the 9-inch cakes can make a massive layer cake and I feel bad when we don’t eat the whole thing (and even worse when we eat the whole thing!).

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I finished my birthday off by reading a book on the couch while Trevor watched a baseball game. Yes, I’m that much of a party animal. I guess this is 34, right? It sounds crazy, but this really was such a fun way to celebrate my birthday. I had moments where I thought we should’ve just gone out to dinner, but I really do like to cook at home (when the kids will stop acting like crazy people and just go play).

All day, I just felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude. I was so thankful to spend the day with Trevor (who will be spending more days in Louisiana this month than New York) and I’m even more thankful for my wonderful family and friends.

Now off the book an early morning workout session to burn off some of these calories! 

Throwback: See how I celebrated my birthday at the New York City Wine and Food Festival last year!